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Seton Hall Prep wrestling coaches Shane Mallory and Lou Mascola (right) are certianly pleased with the Pirates' performance this past weekend as eight SHP grapplers earned trips to the NJSIAA state tournament inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City with outstanding showings in Region 1 at West Milford. Logan Brzozowski (in second and third photos) won 120-pound Region 1 title, while Andre Morero at 132 (in fourth photo) and Anthony Pellegrino (in fifth photo) were among five Pirates who earned a second-place. (Photos by PJ Candido)

A Record Setting Region
For SHP Wrestling Team

By Steve Tober

The Seton Hall Prep wrestling team set a school record this past weekend in the NJSIAA Region 1 Wrestling Tournament at West Milford High School as the Pirates will be sending eight wrestlers to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City next weekend.

The former SHP program record for state qualifiers was six which was accomplished in 2022 and 2019. The Pirates will be led by senior Logan Brzozowski who captured the 120-pound title in Region 1 decisioning Devin Ryan of New Milford, 7-3 in the title bout. It will be the third appearance in AC for the Harvard-bound SHP standout who was a state runner-up at 113 in 2023.

“It felt good to finally get a region title,” said Brozowski. “I am very excited for the final ride in Atlantic City."

SHP head coach Lou Mascola was certainly thrilled with the performance by his Pirates in Region 1.

"I am very proud of the performance of the entire team,” he said. “Everyone fought from the start to the finish. They gave every ounce of their being and we are peaking at the right time.

“This is what we train for and expect!"

Other Region 1 medal winners from SHP were: sophomore Joseph Viola, who finished in second place at 106 after dropping a narrow 8-7 decision to Augie Szamreta of Warren Hills in the final.

Junior Anthony Pellegrino finished second at 113 after he was pinned by Jack Bergmann of Lakeland in 2:24 in the title bout.

Sophomore Andre Morero also took a second place at 132 for SHP after he was edged, 6-5, in the final by Nick Clayton of High Point.

Pirates senior Carlo Vanvolkenburgh pinned Logan Hrenenko of Sparta in 3:47 to take a third place at 138

Junior Nick Orejola finished second at 144 after being edged, 1-0, by Benjamin Marchetto of West Milford.

Junior Clark Rich pinned Zak Darwish of Ramapo in 3:35 to earn a third place at 190

Standout sophomore Rocco Salerno finished second at 215 when he was edged 4-3 in an ultimate tie-breaker by  Dante Deluca of Don Bosco Prep.

SHP finished in second place in the final Region 1 team standings with 171 points, just behind state power Don Bosco Prep, which finished with 188 points.

This year marks the second appearance in the state tourney for Pellegrino and Salerno second while Viola, Morero,Vanvolkenburgh, Orejola, and Rich will be making their initial appearance in New Jersey high schools’ premiere season-ending mat extravaganza in AC.

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Seton Hall Prep senior Carlo Vanvolkenburgh, who has enjoyed terrific career with the Pirates, earned his first trip to Atlantic City with a third place at 138 pounds in Region 1 this past weekend at West Milford. Head coach Lou Mascola was proud of his team's overall effort, which included a solid second place by sophomore Joseph Viola (in bottom photo) at 106.

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